Bexley London Borough Council

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Bexley London Borough Council
Founded 1 April 1965
Cllr Peter Reader
Since 24 May 2017
Leader of the Council
Cllr Teresa O'Neill OBE, Conservative
Since 22 May 2013
Seats 45 councillors in 17 wards
Bexley Council 2018.svg
Political groups
     Conservative (34)
Other parties
     Labour (11)
Length of term
4 years
Last election
3 May 2018
Next election
May 2022

Bexley London Borough Council is the local authority for the London Borough of Bexley in Greater London, England. It is a London borough council, one of 32 in the United Kingdom capital of London. The council comprises 45 councillors.[1] The May 2018 elections returned a council composition of 34 Conservative Party and 11 Labour Party.[2]


A map showing the wards of Bexley since 2002

It was envisaged through the London Government Act 1963 that Bexley as a London local authority would share power with the Greater London Council. The split of powers and functions meant that the Greater London Council was responsible for "wide area" services such as fire, ambulance, flood prevention, and refuse disposal; with the local authorities responsible for "personal" services such as social care, libraries, cemeteries and refuse collection. As an outer London borough council it has been an education authority since 1965. This arrangement lasted until 1986 when Bexley London Borough Council gained responsibility for some services that had been provided by the Greater London Council, such as waste disposal. Since 2000 the Greater London Authority has taken some responsibility for highways and planning control from the council, but within the English local government system the council remains a "most purpose" authority in terms of the available range of powers and functions. In 2018, the number of council seats was reduced from 63 to 45.

Powers and functions

The local authority derives its powers and functions from the London Government Act 1963 and subsequent legislation. Bexley has the powers and functions of a London borough council. It is a billing authority collecting Council Tax and business rates, it processes local planning applications, it is responsible for housing, waste collection and environmental health. It is a local education authority, responsible for social services, libraries and waste disposal. The council shares responsibility with the Greater London Authority for strategic policies including housing, planning and the environment.


Bexley London Borough Council is the billing authority for Council Tax, and collects a precepts on behalf of the Mayor's Office for Policing and Crime, the London Fire and Emergency Planning Authority the Greater London Authority and Transport for London.

Political control

Since the first election to the council in 1964 political control of the council has been held by the following parties:

Party in control Years
Labour 1964 - 1968
Conservative 1968 - 1971
Labour 1971 - 1974
Conservative 1974 - 1994
No overall control 1994 - 1998
Conservative 1998 - 2002
Labour 2002 - 2006
Conservative 2006 - present


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External links

  • London Borough of Bexley – Official website
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